2015 Class 3A WesternPAFootball.net Offensive Player of the Year: Conneaut’s Hunter Merritt
Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Hunter Merritt didn’t get to do what most quarterbacks have the privilege of doing, stepping into an already tested team. He had to lead a team into the future. With three communities coming together as one team just 4 short years ago, Hunter had to be a leader.
Starting as a quarterback in his Sophomore year, he did just that. And in his Junior year he helped lead the Eagles to the their biggest win in the schools short history, a 14-7 D10 AAA title over powerhouse Erie Cathedral Prep before losing in the state quarterfinals. He threw for 1,076 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he ran for 1,663 yards and 28 touchdowns on 201 carries that year.
In his senior season, he not only matched but surpassed those numbers even while playing in one less game after losing to Prep in the title game this year. Hunter threw for 2,327 yards and 34 td’s, and he ran for another 1,532 yards scoring 31 times. Hunter is our only THREE time Offensive Player of the week, and deservedly earned this final recognition.
Q&A with Head Coach Pat Gould
What stood out to you this year with Hunter:
With Hunter, leadership stood out, the way he came in and pushed other kids to get in it. His ability to lead was key. His control of the offense, he was in command. His work ethic, he’s just a hard worker. It was an absolute pleasure to coach someone like him.
What impact did Hunter have on the school/community:
This is our 4th year as a school, merging 3 different towns together, Conneautville, Conneaut Lake and Linesville, and this is the first senior class to come through. His efforts going into the senior year made the community tighter. It gave the school tons of spirit, something all three towns/school communities needed to come together. He helped bring the communities together as a whole
Hunters final career stats are AMAZING!::
Only QB in District 10 History to Rush for 1,000 & Pass for 2,000
Name Carries yds Ave TD
Hunter Merritt Soph 248 1947 7.9 24
Hunter Merritt Jr 201 1663 8.3 29
Hunter Merritt Sr 190 1529 8.0 31
Hunter Merritt Fr 108 882 8.2 11
Total 95 TD – D10 Record / 580 Career pt D-10
Name att. Comp yards % td
Hunter Merritt Sr 200 125 2348 62.5 32
Hunter Merritt Jr 131 79 1076 60.3 14
Hunter Merritt So 108 51 506 47.2 6
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